RE: Agency warning signs

Subject: RE: Agency warning signs
From: "David Demyan" <dbdemyan -at- worldnet -dot- att -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2001 21:58:31 -0500


Beware the restrictive employment contract. If you are asked to
sign one, read it very carefully and watch for overly restrictive
clauses about:

* Length of the contract
* Whether you are allowed to terminate the contract early
* Hourly rate -- exactly what does it include
* Non-competition clause (do not agree to not compete for
either a long period of time or for contracts with a
corporate entity that is too broadly defined (will never
work for the US Government, for example)


-----Original Message-----
I'm being courted by some agencies that offer high-paying work in a
nearby city that I'm unfamiliar with. I'm eager for the money, but I've
found horror stories in the TECHWR-L archives that give me pause. I've
gotten some good information from the National Writers Union & STC
sites, but I'm still wondering: What early warning signs should steer me
away from an agency? What are the signs of a good agency? How can I best
protect my interests?

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